Guide to the Knights of Pythias Papers, undated

Summary Information

Title: Knights of Pythias Papers, undated
Collection: AC.555
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is a single program for an undated Grand Concert for Knights of Pythias, probably in Roanoke, Virginia. It has been folded many times and is very fragile.

Creator: Knights of Pythias

Biographical/Historical Note

The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, established in 1864 in Washington, DC, by Justus H. Rathbone and was the first fraternal order to be chartered by an Act of Congress. It was inspired by a play by the Irish poet John Banim about the legend of Damon and Pythias, which illustrates the ideals of loyalty, honor and friendship that are the center of the order.

The order has over two thousand lodges in the United States and around the world, with a total membership of over 50,000 in 2003. Some lodges meet in structures referred to as Pythian Castles.

The Portsmouth, Virginia Pythian Castle is a historic 3-story brick and stone Knights of Pythias building located at 610-612 Court Street. Built between 1897 and 1898 for the Atlantic Lodge, Knights of Pythias, it was designed by architect Edward Overman in the Romanesque Revival style of architecture. Like many multistory urban fraternal buildings built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its street floor was rented out for retail and office spaces while the upper floors were reserved for lodge use. In 1908 a single-story brick and stone Romanesque Revival addition was built to the north of the original building. In 1979 the Pythian Castle was sold by the knights. On October 30, 1980, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Today the ground floor is a pub.
(From Wikipedia)

Scope and Contents

The program for the Grand Concert for Knights of Pythias details piano solos, recitations, voice and violin solos, and a piano suite. "The piano used in the Concert is a gold stringed Marshall & Wendell, kindly loaned by the Hobbie Music Company, Roanoke, Va."

The paper has been folded, thus is unstable and fragile.


It is a single-item collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

It was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in September 2001. Accession number is AC.2001.081.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.555: Knights of Pythias Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, undated ACSC_Box 16.20